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Las Vegas shooting victim: Jordan McIldoon, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Updated October 3, 2017 - 4:52 pm

Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was five days shy of his 24th birthday when he was killed in the attack at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

His parents Alan and Angela McIldoon, described Jordan as a “compassionate young man” who lived a life “full of adventures” in a statement released to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.

In a Facebook message, Angela McIldoon said they visited Las Vegas every year for NASCAR weekend.

“He loved it here,” she said.

McIldoon also loved country music, and he was rarely seen without his cowboy boots, the statement read. He was also a month shy of finishing his heavy-duty mechanic apprenticeship.

“From the people who stayed with Jordan that night and held his hand, to the first responders who had to rush in to an unimaginable scene, we would like to thank everyone for their incredible love and support,” his parents said in the statement. “… We choose to focus on love over hatred and are moving forward knowing that Jordan was so incredibly loved by many. His was a life well lived. He was our only child and no words can describe our pain in losing him.”

On Sunday night, a gunman shot at a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 520.

Contact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

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